The first organ recital of 2018 will be given by Mr Orly Watson on Sunday 21 January at 4.15pm in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh.
Orly is no stranger to the Cathedral’s organ recital series, having participated in several of them over the past five years. He was appointed to the position of Organist of Dromore Cathedral in 2016, and still finds time to give solo piano and organ recitals around England and Northern Ireland.
Orly will play two large-scale works and a couple of miniatures. Rheinberger’s Organ Sonata No. 13, Op. 161 and the premiere performance of his newly-published Armagh Suite, Op. 1. This is Orly’s first published work, and it is dedicated to Baron George Minne, Emeritus Organist of St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Armagh. Its three movements all owe something to Armagh and the surrounding countryside, and it was composed with the cathedral organ in mind. It has recently gone on sale, but has not yet been played anywhere.
Orly’s programme will also include short works by Bach and Vierne.
Admission to the recital is free with a retiring collection most welcome towards the further endowment of the Cathedral choir through the Archbishop’s Choir Fund.